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Harrogate Theatre boss hopeful Budget will bring "more certainty" for arts sector

The Chief Executive of Harrogate Theatre is hoping this afternoon's Budget will bring "more certainty" and allow the theatre to better plan for the future.

The Chief Executive of Harrogate Theatre is hoping this afternoon's Budget announcement will bring "more certainty" and allow the theatre to plan and prepare for the future. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to set out plans this afternoon to save jobs and prevent businesses collapsing as the UK emerges from the coronavirus crisis. And with the Budget expected to detail the extension of the furlough scheme and an update on the UK's finances, Harrogate Theatre Chief Executive David Bown is hopeful it will allow them to plan for the future of the business:

"Following the announcement of the roadmap last week and news of todays Budget we now have more certainty to continue to plan and prepare for our future. The extension of the furlough scheme will allow us to bring staff back in a measured manner when theatres are allowed to open once more."
Mr Sunak has already announced that £408m will be going to museums, theatres and galleries, something that David Bown believes will "rebuild" the industry:
"We eagerly await the detail of the £400m+ pledged to help the arts sector reignite and hope it will allow for the rebuilding of the industry's infrastructure and the creation of new and exciting work."
Mr Sunak's Budget, which is due to take place at 12:30pm this afternoon, is aimed at boosting economic recovery and supporting people facing long-term unemployment due to the pandemic. The Budget is also expected to reveal plans for an increase on contactless payment limits from £45 to £100 and a possible an increase in taxes. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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